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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:44 PM

Post by Jeffrey Tao on October 18, 2013

I'm not very sure about when to use "who" and when to use "whom". Is it correct to use "who: in an subjective case, and "whom" in an objective case? For example in the sentence, "Johnny, who is mean, hit his brother, whom is weak, is the way that I placed the "who" and "whom" correct? Johnny is the subject, so I gave him the who, and his brother is the object, so I gave him whom. Could you please let me know when to use which, and provide some example sentences?

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:41 PM

Post by Abivarma Chandrakumaran on September 30, 2013

Wouldn't the sentence still make sense if it was the following.
"Katie dribbled the ball, and then shot it at the basket." Or is it necessary to add 'she' after 'then'?  

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Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:13 AM

Post by Alex Moon on July 12, 2013

Can I say "During the nineteenth century, Charles Dickens had been renowned as a great novelist"?

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Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:01 AM

Post by Rajendran Rajaram on March 10, 2013

Hi Hendershot,
I'm confused of your sentence" Either you leave or I do.". Shouldn't that be, Either you leave or I will.

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Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:02 AM

Post by Ryan Louzati on February 26, 2013

Hi Rebekah,
I'am little confused at this sentence " every day I wake up, make a cup of coffee, and I read the newspaper.". These three habits are independent clauses, so isn't like should be a subject in each one of them, and a specially when we have a comma.

Grammar Errors: Part 1

  • Verbs
    • The two most common types of verb questions that appear on the SAT grammar section are:
    • subject-verb agreement
    • issues with verb tense and form
    • Singular subjects take singular verbs; plural subjects take plural verbs.
    • Watch for third-person forms. Third-person singular verbs end in –s; third-person plurals do not.
    • The verb will probably be separated from the subject by a phrase. It may also be reversed, or controlled by a compound subject.
    • Collective nouns are singular.
    • “A number of” anything is plural.
    • “The number of” anything is singular.
    • “Each” is singular.
    • “(Every) one” is singular.
    • Gerunds as subjects are singular.
    • Verb tense should remain consistent throughout the sentence.
    • When a sentence contains a reference to date or time, check all verb tenses first!
    • If an SAT sentence is set in the past and describes a completed action, use the simple past tense, not the present perfect.
    • The SAT likes to switch would and will. When you see one underlined, switch it with the other and see if it works better. Remember, will goes with present-tense verbs and would with past-tense ones.
    • Would generally shouldn’t appear in a sentence beginning with if.
    • The SAT likes to switch gerunds (-ing verbs that act like nouns) with infinitives (“to” verbs). Switch them back, and add a preposition to a gerund if necessary.
  • Pronouns
    • All pronouns must agree with their antecedents in number and gender.
    • If a sentences uses “one” or “you” to describe an undetermined person, it must not switch between the two terms.
    • Pay close attention to a pronoun’s case–especially whether it’s being used as a subject or an object.
    • This is especially true with compound subjects and compound objects!
  • Adjectives vs. Adverbs
    • Adjectives modify nouns or pronouns.
    • Adverbs modify adjectives, verbs, or other adverbs.
    • Adjectives can modify nouns via a linking verb.
  • Parallel Structure: Lists
    • When a sentence contains a list or series of items, each item should appear in the same format.
  • Word Pairs
    • Some sets of conjunctions (called correlative conjunctions) are always paired up a certain way: Either/or, Neither/nor, Not only / but also, Both / and, As / as, Between / and, So (such) / that, More (less) / than, Just as / so, From / to, At once / and, No sooner / than
  • For Extra Grammar Help
    • See Erica Meltzer’s The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar
    • Watch our English Grammar course.
    • Essays not written on the essay assignment will receive a score of zero.
  • Recommended supplementary material to view SAT questions featured in lesson answer guides: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board.

Grammar Errors: Part 1

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:09
  • Verbs 0:32
    • Subject-Verb Agreement
    • Issues With verb Tense
    • Singular Subjects take Singular Verbs
    • Examples
    • Collective Nouns Are Singular
    • Gerunds As Subjects Are Singular
    • Examples
    • Verb Tense Should Remain Consistent
    • Example
    • The SAT Likes to Switch Would and Will
    • Example
    • The SAT Likes to Switch Gerunds
    • Example
  • Pronouns 8:33
    • All Pronouns Must Agree with Their Antecedents in Number and Gender
    • Example
    • If a Sentence Uses 'One' or 'You' to Describe an Undetermined Person, It Must Not Switch Between the Two Terms
    • Example
    • Pay Attention to a Pronoun's Case
    • Examples
  • Adjectives vs. Adverbs 12:31
    • Adjectives Modify Nouns or Pronouns
    • Examples
  • Parallel Structure: Lists 14:26
    • When a Sentence Contains a List or Series of Items, Each Item Should Appear in the Format
    • Examples
  • Word Pairs 15:38
    • Correlative Conjunctions Are Always Paired Up a Certain Way
    • Example List of Words
    • Example Sentences
  • For Extra Grammar Help 19:16